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Sponsor A Penguin Tour Day

| Monday 24th October 2016 10:32am

Dear Club Members,

In just over one week’s time, our Club will undertake a major tour in South East Asia, this being our last tour for 2016. Both the playing side and the HSBC Penguin Coaching Academy will be in Asia at the same time. Last month we launched for the first time, our SPONSOR A PENGUIN TOUR DAY programme seeking the direct support for this tour from Club members around the world.

The initiative has been an outstanding success, with the 14 day program fully subscribed in just 2 weeks by members from the UK, US, Switzerland, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Gibraltar, Jersey and Hong Kong.

The £5000 in Day Sponsorship has been donated directly to the Club touring account specifically to support this tour. At the discretion of the tour manager and Club CEO Craig Brown, the funds are available to help with any of the ancillary and in many cases, unpredictable expenses associated with a coaching and playing tour of this size and ambition. We are still an amateur club and do not pay players.

Our playing side will compete at the SCC 7s, trying to go one better than last year when they lost the final to a crack South African side, and then a week later will run out in Kuala Lumpur to defend the title won on Nov 2015, at the COBRA Tens.

The HSBC Penguin Coaching Academy is travelling to Indonesia and Malaysia. They will undertake a programme of coach and player development working with local youth, coaches and union coaching development officers. The academy coaches will introduce hundreds of new players to the game, visit universities where rugby is developing and work with coaches to develop their session and season plans in particular. They will visit Jakarta, Bandung and Bali in Indonesia and Labuan and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

The Club thanks the Academy sponsor HSBC and we continue to work in partnership with HSBC and Word Rugby to run a varied programme of events to help rugby grow and develop in minor rugby nations.

On the playing side, we thank our existing and long term sponsors Grove Industries, Tsunami-Sports and Synapse Physiotherapy.


We are pleased to announce below the names of Club members, who have made this initiative a great success and fully subscribed to the 14 Penguin Tour Days.

Day 1 Richard Bennett Nov 1: Academy to Jagorawi, Indonesia and team arrives in Singapore
Day 2 Iain McLeod Nov 2: Sevens training, players Dinner at SCC, Academy to Bandung
Day 3 Founders Day – Tony Mason & Alan Wright Nov 3: Academy in Bali, 7s team coaching local school children
Day 4 Keith Knowles & Jim Watson Nov 4: Academy in Bali, 7s team Captains run Singapore and first match
Day 5 Jonathan Addis Nov 5: Singapore Sevens Day two and Academy team travelling to Labuan for first ever Penguin visit
Day 6 Ian Warbrick Nov 6: SCC 7s final day
Day 7 Vincent Bramhall Nov 7: Penguins coach for the first time in Labuan. Playing team heads for Kuala Lumpur
Day 8 Jon Chivers Nov 8: Training for the COBRA Tens, dinner with Jon Chivers and further academy activities in Labuan
Day 9 Iain McMorrine & Gordon Johnston Nov 9: Playing side coaching at local schools in Kuala Lumpur, Synapse dinner and the under 18 match in Labuan – teams coached by the Academy coaches
Day 10 Tom & Penny Wacker Nov 10: Training and tactics day
Day 11 David Jenner Nov 11: Academy running coaching session and season planning with COBRA coaches. Team captain’s run and tournament finalisation
Day 12 John Grove Nov 12: Day one COBRA Tens
Day 13 Louis Triay QC Nov 13: Finals day COBRA Tens
Day 14 Bill Calcraft Nov 14: say the thank yous, pack up and travel home day

Day 3 is dedicated to our two founders – Tony and Alan. Also on founders day we recognised the support of an anonymous member who has kindly made a contribution, in addition to Alan.

It is worth noting, that following our dramatic win in the final of the 2016 Hong Kong Tens, our Club now holds the both titles to the world's top club ten-a-side competitions. This is the first time any team has achieved this feat.


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